Tuesday, July 28, 2020

A Linen In-vest-ment

This week I picked up some lovely linen on sale, and I immediately prepped it so that I could cut out McCalls 7600, a vest pattern from 1995 😉

I like vests, waistcoats & the like, but patterns for these kinds of things are often from the 90s, the last time they were really popular. Good thing I have so many old patterns in my stash!

I thought that this was an interesting version, with some different details. My linen-rayon blend isn't quite as drapey as the cover image for View A, but otherwise looks similar. I liked the high side split & the mix of rounded back and pointed front panels.

Despite the simplicity  of the design, this did take a bit of work. It has a front facing and that oddly shaped hem takes some effort to make smooth & even. Thankfully this fabric pressed wonderfully and made the hemming a little easier.

I have taken photos wearing it over my very bright Style Arc Adeline dress to best show off the lines of this basic black vest. But I will likely wear it in combos more like this one.

This was a relatively quick and enjoyable project, & I have already cut the rest of this fabric into another summer top that just needs to be sewn now. Linen rayon is such a nice fabric!


  1. I have that pattern but didn't realize it had the rounded back, which is very attractive. Lovely vest to complete an outfit.

    1. Thank you! I find vests very versatile. So funny that you also have this pattern :)

  2. I like vests also. They are such a good layering garment. I have knit quite a few as well.

    1. I can't knit but I can imagine how nice a knitted vest would be!


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